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Media Advisory – AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde to Present Eagle Staff to Canada to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

by pmnationtalk on September 12, 20172142 Views

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NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2017  – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will present a traditional Eagle Staff to the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration). His Excellency Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in New York, will receive this gift on behalf of First Nations and Canada.

DATE: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PARTICIPANTS: National Chief Perry Bellegarde
His Excellency Ambassador Marc-André Blanchard
Elder Marshall Dreaver

LOCATION: Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
885 Second Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY

Media are invited to attend the presentation on the 14th Floor.

An Eagle Staff is a traditional symbol of sacredness and nationhood that connects First Nations to spirituality and Mother Earth. For First Nations, an Eagle Staff is like the flag of a nation. At Grand Entries and ceremonies the Eagle Staff is always the lead and held in high-esteem.

The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

SOURCE Assembly of First Nations

For further information: Jamie Monastyrski, Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office, 613-241-6789 ext. 222, 343-540-6179 (cell), jamiem@afn.ca; Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer, 613-241-6789 ext. 382, 613-292-0857 (cell), agaron@afn.ca; Michael Hutchinson, Communications Officer, 613-241-6789 ext. 254, 613-299-6330 (cell), mhutchinson@afn.ca

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